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Rotary Club Children of Courage Awards

Seven young people have been recognised in the Rotary Club's annual Children of Courage Awards, 4 of which were St George's Academy students.

The ceremony was staged by Sleaford Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Sleaford Kesteven at North Kesteven District Council's chambers, where trophies and certificates were handed out to the nominees jointly by Mayor of Sleaford Grenville Jackson, chairman of NKDC Geoff Hazelwood, the President of the Rotary Club of Sleaford Kesteven John Janickyj and the President of the Rotary Club of Sleaford Susan Waring. 

The awards look at all forms of bravery, including courage to overcome the day to day obstacles of life in spite of mental and physical impairments, family situations and challenging circumstances.

Susan Waring said: "We are proud to recognise young people who have gone through difficulties and come out the other side and honour those who have helped those young people to achieve."

Isabella, a blind student who moves freely around St George's Academy, using her cane is also master of the short forms of braille. She is also working towards grade six in piano, performing in front of large audiences at venues St Martin in the Fields in London and the Birmingham Royal Conservatiore music festival. She said she was very proud to receive her award. 

Benjamin, has Tetralogy of Fallot - a condition of several congential heart defects and he is asthmatic. He had corrective surgery at six months and faces further surgery, limiting his activity and he is vulnerable to illness, however Ben and his family have raised over £6,000 for the charity associated with Glenfield Hospital in Leicester where he is a patient. Commenting he said: "I would never have thought to get an award like this."

Crystal was described as a hard working student and role model, but was injured and lost her close friend in a road collision last year. Her citation says: "The courage, strength and determination she has shown in overcoming this tragic event and supporting others is truly humbling."

Also St George's student Jack was commended for settling into a new home since facing challenging family circumstances and channeling his positive behaviour into football for his school team. 

Congratulations to all four students.

Source | Sleaford Standard